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actor omar epps, netflix's neil hunt, buzzfeed's jonah peretti, to headline internet week new york from may 19-25

CBRE joins for first-time as Official Sponsor of citywide festival celebrating impact of technology on business, culture and entertainment


Patrick Kowalczyk, patrick@pkpr.com
Jenny Chang, jenny@pkpr.com
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NEW YORK (March 05, 2014) - Actor and investor Omar Epps, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt, and Buzzfeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti are among the technology luminaries confirmed to headlineInternet Week New York 2014 from May 19th – 25th, organizers announced today.

A global showcase for New York City’s vibrant tech-based economy, Internet Week New York celebrates the impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend over 250 panels, meet-ups, exhibits, screenings, parties and more taking place May 19-25, 2014 across the city. Additionally, IWNY HQ, the nerve center of the festival, will stage the week’s premier speakers at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

Epps, who has invested in several technology startups including RockLive and Plus Capital, is one of several leaders from the worlds of media, retail and venture capital confirmed to take the stage at Internet Week New York 2014. Other featured speakers include: Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi, Coca-Cola senior VP Jonathan Mildenhall, Lerer Ventures Co-Founder Eric Hippeau, Cheezburger Founder and CEO Ben Huh, and Quotidian Ventures partner Rick Webb. Additional speakers, programming and events will be announced in the coming months.

Festival-goers can purchase passes for Internet Week New York beginning today at special Early Bird prices. The Festival passes include the HQ Pass ($325) providing week-long admission to the Internet Week New York headquarters, the Insider Pass ($595) including a VIP Exclusive Gift Bag and extended access to official parties, mixers and networking events, and the VIP/All Access Pass ($1095) which includes all of the benefits of the other 2 pass levels plus access to co-located events and conferences in the IWNY Theater and sponsored breakfasts at the IWNY HQ. Passes can be purchased online here.

"New York City has always been the epicenter of business and now, with its thriving digital sector, it is the perfect stage to explore how technology is disrupting flagship industries – from media and marketing to finance and fashion” said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week New York. "Internet Week New York 2014 promises to highlight the innovators building the new economy, while empowering our audience to succeed.”

Organizers also announced that commercial real estate leader CBRE has signed on as an Official Sponsor of Internet Week New York 2014. As part of their partnership, Internet Week and CBRE will launch the NYC Edition of “Internet Week Tech Digs,” a new video series premiering in March 2014 that will explore the office spaces of the city's top digital firms. The two organizations will also unveil the first annual Best Places to Work in NYC Tech, honoring firms which combine outstanding benefits with an inspiring company culture.

About Internet Week New York Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture. In 2013, more than 45,000 people attended nearly 400 events throughout the city. Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2014 include CBRE (Real Estate Sponsor), Vitamin T, The Trade Desk (Classroom Sponsor), Telescope (Social Engagement Sponsor), Swissnex (Global Start-up City Sponsor), Neustar (Co-Presenting Data Sponsor), SheKnows, MediaCom (Live Feed Sponsor), Quantcast and MediaPost’s Omma. Partners include VICE (Content Partner), Architizer (Content Partner), Webby Media Group (Content Partner), Mixcloud (Music Partner) and Design Within Reach (Design Partner). Internet Week New York is co-presented by Made in New York, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Crain Communications. The official site for Internet Week New York is www.InternetWeekNY.com.

About Crain Communications Inc An industry leader, Crain Communications Inc is one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 30 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. The company's 850 employees in 11 locations produce exciting publications, digital products, events, marketing services, custom publishing, lead generation and research and data products to help its millions of readers and clients succeed. Crain Communications took a majority stake in Internet Week New York in August 2012, taking the reins of day-to-day management while working with the Internet Week New York team to grow the festival under a shared vision. The company's website is www.crain.com.